Iceland Warnings Or Dangers
Iceland is a rugged country with abundant wildlife and natural wonders. No matter what time of year you visit, there is plenty to do and see outdoors. Tourists flock during the winter months to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, and arrive year round to bathe in thermal pools, hike, eat fresh seafood, and enjoy the nightlife.
Nature Is Beautiful, But Powerful
It’s important to respect the natural beauty of the area. Each year, tourists endanger themselves by not observing sensible behavior. For example, it’s best to use the services of experienced guides if you choose to go off the beaten path. It gets extremely cold, and getting lost or wandering into the wrong areas could be very dangerous.
Don’t climb or walk on ice unless you are in an area where it’s clearly safe to do so, and have an experienced guide with you. Tourists visiting the Jokulsarlon Lagoon walking on the ice risk falling into the freezing lagoon.
Take care when exploring the many geothermal pools and geysers in Iceland. Again, it’s best to stick to areas that are supervised or included in guided tours. Geothermal pools can be dangerously hot and cause serious burns, and geysers can erupt unexpectedly and injure you.
Do Not Climb Glaciers Alone
There are guides and tours that can help you explore the beauty of this rugged country: Don’t try to do these things alone. You could be seriously injured, or get stuck and get lost in the freezing cold.
Things To Watch For
While not dangerous, it’s worth noting that Iceland is expensive. Be aware that you’ll spend more in food here than you will in many other European destinations.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Iceland.